Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Alumni Obituaries

Jeffery Emitt

Emitt, Jeffrey (Jeff) D. of Knoxville, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the age of 61. He was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church for many years. He is survived by his parents, Hal and Gloria Jeanne Emitt; brother, Hal Jr.; children, Haley and Andrew; and grandchild, Dezmond L. King.Jeff's early adult life was spent as a musician, having played guitar in many rock bands. He then worked several years in construction. Then he became an RN and worked for more than 15 years at Peninsula Psychiatric Hospital.At age 57, he entered Sacred Heart Catholic Seminary to become a priest. While there, Jeff earned a B.A. in religious studies from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. After 3 1/2 years at the Seminary, he developed cancer, which finally migrated to his brain.The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, at Lynnhurst Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 Adair Drive, Knoxville, TN 37918. The rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m. The funeral mass will begin at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Bishop Richard Stika and Monsignor Xavier Mankle officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery.